The Railway Hotel Fordingbridge
Departing now on a journey back to 1890
The Railway Hotel is a boutique hotel, restaurant and bar located in the town of Fordingbridge, in the New Forest, Hampshire. Originally opened in the 1860s by Eldridge Pope, a Dorchester Brewer, it served Fordingbridge Railway Station, one of the stops on the newly built Salisbury and Dorset Railway. The Railway Hotel has been lovingly restored to its elegant Victorian form and celebrates the golden age of the railway.
We have five distinctive en-suite rooms, and a self contained two bedroom cottage set around a characterful courtyard that still features the original livery stables.
Guests and visitors can enjoy contemporary International cuisine in our restaurant where our chefs use fresh, seasonal produce supplied by local farmers and growers.
In our Public Bar guests and locals can relax around the fire and enjoy a wide range of individually selected ales, fine wines and spirits, some of which are brewed or distilled locally. We’ve installed the latest technology into our brand new cellar so that you’re served the perfect pint and we even have our very own Railway Best Bitter, Railway Steam Beer and Railway Cider.
We are ideally positioned for guests to explore the local area. We are just minutes away from some of the country’s most beautiful natural landscapes including the New Forest National Park, Cranborne Chase AONB and the miles of sandy beaches on the south coast.
The safety of our staff and guests is of paramount importance to us. We want everyone visiting the Railway Hotel to have a fabulous, and safe visit.
We are a COVID SECURE venue. To learn more about our safety procedures, please click here read our Covid-19 statement.
First Class Dining
Step into our First Class Pullman dining carriage and enjoy the very best in contemporary international cuisine. We serve popular, honest, traditional dishes, alongside seasonal specials and more adventurous fusion fare.
With the New Forest on our doorstep, we’re spoilt for superb local producers. All our meat is hand-selected from farms in Hampshire, except for our beef steaks which come from the Isle of Wight. We’re close to the coast too, so all our fresh fish is boat-to-table within twenty-four hours and sustainably line caught where possible.
As well as breakfast, lunch and dinner we serve a quintessentially English Afternoon Tea.
Special consideration is taken so that all kinds of dietary desires are catered for including vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free and dairy-free.
Make sure you leave a little space for dessert as our award-winning head chef has a passion for pastry!
A Great Experience
Amazing decor and attention to detail, the food was delicious and the staff were very friendly. A great experience.
A lovely relaxed venue to spend time with friends and family. Great food and attentive staff ....recommend.
Great pub/hotel. The refurb has been a long time waiting but you can see why. Amazing! Food is awesome.
So much to see and do in Fordingbridge and the New Forest
Fordingbridge is a small riverside town built on the banks of the River Avon. It’s also referred to as the northern gateway to the New Forest and was once an industrial town known for its smuggling and cloth making. It now offers an eclectic selection of independent stores, a wonderful Art Deco cinema, and is the perfect base for exploring the surrounding countryside.
Breakfast 8am – 10am
Lunch 12pm – 2.30pm
Dinner 6pm – 9.30pm
11am – 11pm
Check in 4pm Check out 10am
Guest Safety / Covid-19
Flexible Cancellation Policy
You can find us at:
116 Station road, Fordingbridge, Hampshire, SP6 1DG
Sadly the trains no longer stop at Fordingbridge, the nearest station is Salisbury (9 miles) the station is served by South Western Trains and GWR. You will then need to travel by taxi or bus (approx. 30 mins).
From Salisbury take the Morebus X3 heading to Bournemouth the bus stops in Fordingbridge and we are a 20-minute walk from the town centre. From Bournemouth take either the Morebus X1, X2 or X3 services that goto Fordingbridge. In the summer months, you can travel on an open-top bus around the New Forest, Fordingbridge is on the red route.
Fordingbridge is easily accessible from Salisbury in the north, Bournemouth in the south on the A338. From the M27 continue west on to the A31 before joining the A338 at Ringwood. We have free on-site parking for when you get here.